Pregnancy and UC

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 4/16/2008 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone! My husband and I have been thinking about having another baby (if I can stay well). I have been taking Entocort for awhile now, and it seems to be working well for me. I haven't had a flare up, and my arthritis isn't bothering me near as much.

My question is this...have any of you gone through a healthy pregnancy and stayed on your meds? What meds are safe for pregnancy??

Hope all is well with each and everyone of you!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 731
   Posted 4/17/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there!
i'm currently 18 weeks pregnant with my second. you can see what i'm currently on in my signature.
so far i'm feeling GREAT! even better than pre-preg which was still pretty good. but many women do have problems during pregnancy. it doesn't seem like there is any way of knowing ahead of time which group you will be.

as far as drug safety, check with your GI as well as your OB and even your pharmacist.

i know there are other ladies who are here who may respond, but this topic has come up a lot lately so you can try a search at the top of the forum page and see what else you find (though the search never really works well for me).

this is my first pregnancy with UC so i've never had to do pregnancy and meds before this. it was challenging to accept for me but i'm happy with my decision.

hope you are doing well, and good luck trying to conceive if you head down that road!
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 4/17/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I are in the same boat right now, thinking about a baby later in the year hopefully.  Biggest thing my GI has told me is to be as healthy as possible going into conception, he offered that maybe getting a sigmoid scope done a month before I would like to try and conceive might not be a bad idea to make sure all is quiet.  I'm not sure what maintenance meds you take but mine is mainly asacol which is safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding says the GI.  Fallbacks for in case I flare during a pregnancy would be prednisone or rectal meds.  I have asked this similar question to the board before and also noted that there are women that have/are taking azathioprine successfully though pregnancies which is good to know.
Dx: UC in 1997 at 14 with pan colitis, but it hasn't been that far up since.
Meds: Asacol (400mg x12 daily)
         6mp (50mg from Aug06 to Dec07)
         Prednisone (35mg currently for flare)
         Fish Oil
         Just started Culturelle probiotic

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 348
   Posted 4/17/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I went through 2 completely healthy pregnancies while taking 6- 8 azulfidine per day. Had no problems at all. Good Luck!!
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema every 4th night, will try to spread it out more. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....
In remission since Jan 2008, can't believe it.............

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 4/23/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I took 150 mg Imuram and 5mg Pred during my pregnancy. Good luck.

puffed rice
Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 495
   Posted 4/23/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   

During my first pregnancy I was flaring so I was On 8salofalk tablets a day plus salofalk enemas at night.With my second pregancy I went right into remission  during my pregancy and never felt  so healthy in years and stayed that way for almost 2years after my daughter was born.  I continued to take 6 salofalk tablets daily throughout my whole pregnancy.

Before I took any meds I called a place called MothersRisk (Canada) and they research many drugs and there effects during pregnancy and they told me that It was safe to take salofalk orally and rectally.  Both of my children were born healthy.

Good Luck.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1995
Salofalk Tablets and suppositories daily
Bio-K Probiotic daily
metamucil nightly

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 4/24/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my son 11 weeks ago. I was on Asacol and Rowasa the entire time and also on Prednisone for a 4 week taper during my first trimester. All were safe for use during pregnancy. My son is just fine.
Proud new mom of a beautiful baby boy!
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 4/25/2008 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC 6 months after the birth of my first baby ( no problems up until then ) but was really scared to get pregnant again as much as I wanted another baby. Thankfully god took this out my hands and gave us a wee surprise (because really I don't think we would of had any more due to me being so scared) anyway I was completely well, got pregnant and within about 4 weeks was in a full blown flare (everything that I had been worried about) but eventually they gave me steroids (seemingly very little passes to baby so not a problem)after trying a number of rectal meds which didn't work and I got the flare up under control although was on steroids for a good 4 or 5 months and believe me I was not a pretty site (steroids and pregnancy bad combination I was as big as a house) but baby was born completely healthy. Then after my pregnancy I had a year and a half of being completely well (longest to date).
32 year old female
UC diagnosed 2001
Asacol 6 per day
Azathioprine 50mg started 4/08
Steroids 40mg per day

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 1028
   Posted 4/25/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My pregnancy threw me into a flare. I was on 12 asacal a day and 20 mg of prednisone. I swear my daughter was the strongest baby I have ever seen...but she is healthy and fine and no issues with the pregnancy. Second one was easier. Just the asacal and no problems. I think my GI told me that whatever state you are in when you conceive, that is likely the state you will stay in throughout the duration of the pregnancy. So, the healthier you are going in, you will likely stay healthy. Good luck!!
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 78
   Posted 4/25/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
With my first I took asacol and rowasa throughout, and also took prednisone when I began flaring.  With my second I took asacol all the time and rowasa on and off.  I did have high blood pressure with my first and I think it may have had something to do with the pred.  But it was manageable.  Other than that no problems at all and I have a healthy 3 year old and 1 year old.  Best of luck to you.

Leslie, 30~ left-sided UC diagnosed in 1999
9 asacol x day
nightly rowasa (as needed)
multi-vitamin, calcium

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